Last update 03 August 2020 

Please note that due to the transformation of the initially planned in-person AESCON conference into an online event, this programme is indicative and it will be subject to modifications.

Day 1 | Opening Day | Wednesday, September 23


Opening Ceremony


Barbara Plinkert, European Union Ambassador to Singapore


Romana Vlahutin, Ambassador-at-Large for Connectivity, European External Action Service

Opening remarks

Toru Morikawa, Executive Director, Asia-Europe Foundation
Koji Hachiyama, Chief Operating Officer, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
Miao Lu, Co-founder and Vice-President, Center for China and Globalization

Setting the scene

Ana Rita Neves; William Becker, European Commission, Joint Research Centre


Coffee break


Panel: Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity: A way forward

Chair: Barbara Plinkert, European Union Ambassador to Singapore

Preety Bhandari, Chief of the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Theme concurrently Director, SDCD, Asian Development Bank
Shada Islam, Director of Europe and Geopolitics, Friends of Europe
Jesper Thomsen, Connectivity Coordinator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
Ivan Velimir Starčević, Ambassador of Croatia to Malaysia



Poster pitches


Opening of the Poster Exhibition *

Day 2 | Scientific Sessions | Thursday, September 24


Morning Keynote

Sustaining our common future: pathways for a zero-emission transition
Sam Cross, Manager of the Aalto Energy Platform, Aalto University, Finland


Political Connectivity

Chair: Bart Gaens, Project Director and Senior Research Fellow, The Finish Institute of International Studies

An inquiry into synergies and tensions between the EU’s Connectivity Strategy and China’s BRI
Constantin Holzer, University College Cork, Ireland

Asia Europe Connectivity: Converging the Regulatory Standards and Sustainable Financing
Anita Prakash, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Indonesia

EU and ASEAN Cooperation on Sustainable Development: towards an alignment of regional actions plans?
Meï-Line Le Goueff-Duong, University of Poitiers, France


Coffee break


Policy Instruments for Sustainable Connectivity

Chair: Ana Rita Neves, Policy analyst, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

Emissions embodied in international trade in the Asia-Europe context
Igor Makarov, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia

Partnership for Sustainability between Smallholders in Asia and Corporations in Europe
Bustanul Arifin; Novi Rosanti; Hanung Ismono, University of Lampung (UNILA), Indonesia

Green finance the temporal limits of global environmental change
Catherine Mei Ling Wong, University of Luxemburg, Luxembourg

The alignment of Chinese financing with the Paris Agreement: propaganda, aspiration or reality?
Mario Esteban Rodriguez; Lara Lázaro, Autonomous University of Madrid, Elcano Royal Institute, Spain


Lunch Break


Trade and Investment

Chair: Abdul Kaium Masud, Associate Professor, Noakhali Science and Technology University

Enhancing Trade and Investment Facilitation for Global Value Chain Integration in Europe and Asia
Eleonora Salluzzi, International Trade Centre

The Role of Global Value Chains to Strengthening the Connectivity between Europe and Asia
Cungki Kusdarjito, Janabadra University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Coffee and Cocoa Connection: I-EU CEPA Potential Impact to Indonesian Farmers
Felippa Amanta, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, Indonesia


Coffee Break


Belt and Road Initiative

Chair: Nicola Bianchi, Scientific attaché, Embassy of Italy to the Republic of Singapore

Impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative: A Perception Survey of Asian Opinion Leaders
Pradumna B. Rana; Wai-Mun Chia; Xianbai Ji, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Achieving complex development goals along China’s Digital Silk Road
Kevin Hernandez, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), United Kingdom

China’s Investment in EU Ports: Assessing Geo-Economic Implications of the BRI in Maritime Europe
Alessandro Albana, University of Bologna, Italy

Paving the road to peace and prosperity? Understanding the conflict impact of infrastructure
Pascal Abb, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany

China’s Belt and Road Initiative 2.0: Promoting Peace and Security in Myanmar?
Cao Jiahan, Shanghai Institutes of International Studies (SIIS), China

Chinese Corporate Social Responsibilities in BRI: a peace-building mechanism?
May Tan-Mullins, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Day 3 | Scientific Sessions | Friday, September 25


Morning Keynote

Roland Roesch, Deputy Director of the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre


Transport Connectivity

Chair: William Becker, Senior Researcher, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

The Eurasian Landbridge: implications of linking East Asian and Europe by rail
Richard Pomfret, University of Adelaide, Australia

Climate-Neutral Maritime Connectivity between Europe and Asia
Plamen Tonchev, Institute of International Economic Relations, Greece

Air transport connectivity between Asia and Europe
Panayotis Christidis, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre; Alloysius Joko Purwanto, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

Can Open Skies Agreement Make the Sustainable Development Regime of EU-Asia Civil Aviation Market?
Jiangtian Xu, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Aerotropolis: At what cost, to whom?
Ellen Putri Edita, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia


Coffee Break


Energy Markets

Chair: Christopher Len, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Publications, National University of Singapore

Moving towards the creation of regional “clean energy“ grids: ASEAN and EU models and perspectives to enhance their energy cooperation
Fabio Indeo, Nato Defense College Foundation, Italy

Local electricity market projects in China and the EU – A comparative perspective
Helena Uhde, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at Beijing Institute of Technology, China

International (inter)connectivity via interconnectors? Gas and energy market ramifications
Konrad Zawodzinski, Kozminski University, Poland


Lunch break


People-to-People Connectivity

Chair: Diana Zahorte, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Romania to the Republic of Singapore

EU-India Cooperation in Higher Education as an Enabler of the ASEM Sustainable Connectivity
Zane Šime, Latvian Political Science Association, Latvia

Implementation People-to-People Connectivity through SHARE Scholarship to strengthen ASEAN Identity
Missy Oktavia Manullang; Yuliana Prasetyawati, LPSR Communication & Business Institute, Indonesia

The Filipino Diaspora: A comparative analysis of OFW remittances from ASEAN and EU
Maria Angela Zafra, Strategia Development Research Institute, Inc.

Towards Inclusive City through Tourism Development: Quality of Job and Participation
Nadiya Pranindita, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Strengthening connectivity to design special pilot zone for paludiculture development
Ibnu Budiman, Willy Daeli, Rizky Haryanto, World Resources Institute, Indonesia

Advancing of the sustainable connectivity through innovation: highlighting SDG9 and SDG17
Shruti Kulkarni, Indian Institute of Science; Manoj Prabhakar, Ericsson


Coffee break


Interactive session: Taking stock and moving forward

Interactive session with the audience on future directions in research to support Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity.



Anita Prakash, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Indonesia

Poster Exhibition *

1) Potential Effects of Tariff Liberalization within “EAEU+” Free Trade Agreements with Asian Countries
Ekaterina Arapova, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia

2) Pakistan’s relations with the EU and China: On the path towards sustainable connectivity
Agnieszka Nitza-Makowska, Collegium Civitas, Poland

3) The collaboration on IT for cultural heritage in ASEAN
La or Kovavisaruch, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Thailand

4) Bridge the Cross-Culture Understanding: Study Case of BIPA Darmasiswa Program in Ambon
Maria Martha Nikijuluw, Pattimura University, Indonesia

5) A Joint Belgium-Singapore Collaboration in Teaching Creativity Thinking in Pedagogy
Shaphyna Nacqiar Kader; Fun Man Fung; Jinlu Wu; Eu Jin Lim, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Aaron Rosario Jeyaraj, Brown University, US; Jean-François Rees, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

6) Co-Creating Lightboard media for a Singapore-France Education Collaboration
Fun Man Fung; Christoph Zimmermann; Hui Ru Tan, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Etienne Blanc; Xavier Coumoul, Université de Paris, France; Thierry Koscielniak, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France

7) Co-Creating immersive 360° video media with a Singapore-France education collaboration
Christoph Zimmermann; Fun Man Fung, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Xavier Coumoul; Etienne Blanc, Université de Paris, France, Thierry Koscielniak, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France; Rainer Dumke, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

8) China-EU cooperation: Towards a green(er) energy scenario in Africa
Andrea Valente, Instituto do Oriente, Institute for Political and Strategic Studies, University of Lisbon, Portugal

9) Blockchain-based solution for the LNG industry; diversion clauses govern by smart contracts
Jean-Christophe Finidori, HODLNG, France

10) EURAXESS ASEAN – Linking researchers in ASEAN and Europe
Susanne Rentzow-Vasu, EURAXESS ASEAN

11) The Effect of Economic Distance and Trade Cost on India’s Trade Flows: An Application Modified Panel
Jadhav Chakradhar,
Centre for Economic and Social Studies, India; Arun Kumar Bairawa, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India; Radika Kumar, Commonwealth Secretariat, United Kingdom

Last update 03 August 2020